Lakes are by far my favorite body of natural water. There are usually no waves, and they are small enough to warm up to comfortable, or at least tolerable, swimming temperatures. We don’t have a lot of them nearby, but we found a nice one about an hour away called Castaic Lake.
Greg had a day off, so we decided to take a break and go for a boat-ride and a swim. It was on a Monday, and most kids were back in school, so it was practically deserted, which to me was a good thing. I like crowded beaches about as much as I like being stuck in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic, or in an elevator with 20 strangers who all seem to have decided to hide their questionable hygiene with various kinds of extremely heavy cologne. Sorry, I guess I’m having a flashback to a bad elevator experience here, let’s get back to the lake…
It turned out that Castaic Lake is actually two lakes separated by a dam. The upper lake is dedicated to boats, water skiing and fishing, whereas the lower lake has a charming sand beach and swimming area where you can also paddle board and go kayaking.
We rented a motor boat and explored the upper lake for about two hours. There were secluded coves and small beaches all around the lake, where you could pull up the boat and have a picnic. Unfortunately the beach we chose was swarming with bees and we quickly returned to the water.
The dark blue water and reddish rocks decorated with scattered greenery made me want to paint, something I love doing but rarely have time for. I pictured myself setting up an easel on a cliff, mixing paints and trying to find the perfect composition. Then I shrugged and took a couple of pictures with my phone instead.
After our boat ride, we finished the day with a swim and a long nap on the beach and I left feeling the most relaxed I have felt in months.
Where do you all go for a quick getaway?